Sixth Grade Fundraiser for Hoboken Homeless Shelter

November 3, 2021 | Melissa McCallihan

Is there a food that when you take one bite you immediately think of home? Or it takes you to memory that warms you from the inside out? For me food makes that connection. The folks at Hoboken Homeless Shelter feel like the meatballs from Mikie Squared Bar and Grill are like home in a mouthful. They say when the meals are delivered by Mike and his team, that a family feel takes over the shelter cafeteria. What a gift! And you can be a part of that! 

The sixth grade is kicking off their fundraiser to provide meals to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter from Mikie Squared Bar and Grill which is owned by a member of our Mustard Seed community, the Fasciano/Samaris family. Last year we raised close to $3000 and fed the Hoboken Shelter community many times. According to Jacklyn Churabini, the director of the facility, Mikie Squared meals are the community’s favorite.

Please support our fundraising efforts to send meals from Mikie Squared Bar and Grill to the homeless shelter. $10 buys 1 meal. Our goal is to raise $1000. You can make your donation using Venmo @Mikiesquared. Collection begins Monday, November 15 and ends on Thursday, November 18. If you have any questions or need an alternative donation process, email Melissa McCallihan at [email protected]


Melissa McCallihan

Teacher, Grade 6; Science Grades 6-8

Teaching children to take risks and fail well is important to Melissa McCallihan, who has taught for over 30 years. She believes children learn as much through their failures as they do through their successes. She celebrates both in her classroom. In collaboration with the middle school director, art teacher, and other fourth and fifth grade teachers, Mrs. McCallihan has been instrumental in developing the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program, an extension of the Lower School’s Shared Space model. “STEAM is where students solve problems and sometimes get it wrong,” says Mrs. McCallihan when asked about risks and failing well. “Students need to learn how to do that with grace, and to try again with grit and determination.” Mrs. McCallihan currently teaches sixth through eighth grade science.

Mrs. McCallihan cares deeply about relationships with her colleagues, students, and families. She works hard to make and maintain connections on a personal and professional level. And follows the mantra “Worship God, Love All.”

When not at school, you can find Mrs. McCallihan searching out a fantastic restaurant or hidden sight to see in New York City.

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